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Fat Fish Cantina Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pacific Beach
Mexican, Southwestern, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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4474 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109-3920 (Garnet)
+1 858-490-2877
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Today
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Alliance, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was just awesome. The ambiance is fantastic and the food is even better. So good I bought the darn t shirt becuase it was the best enchiladas, and lobster tail I've ever had. Their daily specials are very good deals. The billionaire margarita was the best I ever had and our waitress was very nice, and fast as... More 

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Thank damianimichael
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello damianimichael, We're so flattered! Thank you so much for your awesome post and for dining with us at Fat Fish. Please visit us again! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Western Washington
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92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a bit disappointed because the reviews here had been so very good and our meal was good, but not great and the service was both slow and forgetful. The waitress was so out of it that she delivered my husband's shrimp pozole without noticing that she hadn't given us any napkins or silverware (they came after we asked,... More 

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Thank jsnover
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello jsnover, Thank you for dining with us and for taking time to send your feedback. We sincerely apologize for some of the hiccups you experienced, and we'd like to promptly address them with our team to prevent them in the future. Would you be able to send me the day/time you visited, as well as your servers name? We... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great family restaurant. Super service, really great food - Tacos al Carbon all round and as many tortillas as you want and most importantly for the boys an awesome Margarita flight!

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Thank obefee
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello obefee, Thanks so much for your kind review and for dining with us! We hope you visit us again! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in San Diego for a week and went all over the place trying to hit all the hot spots. This was our final dinner and it was by far the best. I just wish we found this place earlier so we could go back again! We sat out on the patio with the heaters and fire pit. The... More 

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1 Thank Allison G
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello Allison, We really appreciate you taking the time to write about your great experience dining with us, we're so glad you enjoyed every aspect of your visit! Please come again the next time you're in town! Best wishes, Nicole .C Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Chicago
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lobster tacos that were insanely good! the margaritas are unique. I had one with black lava salt that is my new favorite. Early dinner so it was still quiet on the patio.

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Thank Steve-n-Susie
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello Steve-n-Susie, We're so pleased you enjoyed your food and drinks! Thank you for taking time to write, please visit us again! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Oakland, California
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our servers were fast and friendly. The house margarita was tasty and the chips and guac were great. Food was well prepared and tasty but not 100% great. I had the fish tacos and was shocked to see battered fish--San Diego is the home of the fish taco and battered fish is a big NO-NO!!! I peeled off the batter... More 

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Thank Julia A
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello Julia, Thank you for dining with us and for sending your feedback. We apologize that your server didn't mention this to you but you can get your tacos battered OR grilled! ! Please come back and try! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

So-So Cal
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105 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tucked into the Fat Fish after a beach bike ride on a recent Sunday evening and took a table in the bar. The place was busy and the lone waitress was run ragged, but did her best. We finally got drinks and after a looooooong wait, out came the food. This is Mexican food, tacos and enchiladas, etc. --... More 

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Thank mvdljca
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello mvdljca, We are sincerely sorry about this unacceptable experience you had at our establishment. Regardless of how business was that day, no one should receive cold food. It was kind of you to not want to bother the waitress, however that is what we are there for, to make sure each guests has the best quality experience possible. Would... More 

Gig Harbor, Washington
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93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in the Pacific Beach area during a family vacation and visited Fat Fish twice during our stay because we liked this place. Being from out of state we really liked the fresh take this place has on Mexican food. There is an emphasis on fish (obviously), and has really great flavors. The Sea Bass was fantastic, and... More 

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Thank Dennis M
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello Dennis, We really appreciate you taking the time to write about your great experience, and for giving a great recommendation. Please visit us again! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're tired of the club like atmosphere of most of the beachside restaurants, then this is the dining spot of choice! The food, service , relaxing atmosphere was refreshing, and the classic rock music was a treat ( and at a decent volume) The food was excellent & generous portions; service was good. We will certainly be back next... More 

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Thank Melody1962
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello Melody1962, So glad you loved every aspect of your first Fat Fish experience and we are happy to hear you will be back! Thank you for writing. Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

Chicago
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited twice on our stay. Not the best service but the nachos were best we ever had. Great salsa too. Popular place on taco Tuesday- totally insane. Didn't realize there were two lines. One for taco Tuesday and one for regular dining.

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Thank HungryAgain
WFGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at Fat Fish Cantina Grill, responded to this review

Hello HungryAgain, Thank you for sending your feedback and for visiting us twice during your stay! Yes, Taco Tuesday is the busiest/most hectic night of the week! If you love the nachos you should come to Wednesday night happy hour next time - half off all appetizers! Best wishes, Nicole C. Guest Relations Fat Fish Cantinagrill More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$22
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4474 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109-3920
    (Garnet)
  • Public Transportation: There are numerous bus routes to our restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-490-2877
Description
Fat Fish Cantinagrill combines Southern California cooking trends and the flavor-driven culinary style of our neighbors to the South. We are an eatery that's motivated to be a leader in affordable dining at the beach, inspired by seasonal harvests from the freshest Pacific seafood & California farm lands, with prime aged beef and local fresh poultry. Our space can accommodate a wide range of events and party sizes. Let us plan your next gathering and we will carefully select the perfect menu items to accomodate your friend, family, and business occasions.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?